It’s been a long time since I last tested a pattern for Itch to Stitch. I either missed the testing call or I did not like the design. This time, however, neither happened, and here is the newest dress pattern, the Sovana dress. The dress has a fitted bodice and an A-line skirt with or without pockets. I made the version with pockets (I always need pockets in my clothes). You have also the choice between a regular bust (without darts) or a full bust (with darts).
I used a cotton french terry with spandex from Mahler Stoffe. It is a bit less stretchy than the recommended 50% stretch. The color is amazing, it is mustard, but when it catches the light it shines like deep yellow. It is the first time that I used french terry. It was nice to work with, although I thought that not so much showed from what I am wearing underneath.
I started with a size 2 bust, size 4 waist, and size 6 for the hips according to my measurements. Usually, I have a size 4 hip also, but obviously, 2 years of home office did no good. I found the front bodice a bit too tight and the back bodice too loose, so I added 1 cm to the front side seams and took the same amount from the back side seam keeping the total circumference unchanged. I also shifted the front shoulder seam 1cm to the back tapering to nothing at the neckline and did a sway back alteration. Last, I shortened the sleeves 2 cm and the hem 5 cm.
The construction is straightforward as this is a simple knit dress. The only challenging part is the corners where the neckline meets the shoulder seam. I had some trouble getting the corners right. In the end, I basted the seam by hand to avoid any shifting. I finished all seams with my serger.
I have worn this dress already a whole day for work and it is quite a comfortable simple dress, but the neckline makes it special. You can get the pattern here (affiliate link), it is20 % off for one week.
Disclaimer: I got the pattern for free in exchange for testing it. I bought the fabric myself. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.